Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Soul of Nature Candles

While I was attending the South East Women's Herbal Conference in Black Mountain, I met Arlene Bailey, just briefly.  She spoke at a session on candle making and had a booth selling her candles.  What amazing candles.  They are fragrant, but not overpowering, and BURN BEAUTIFULLY!  I have not had a candle burn so completely before, no drips at all, just a very clean burn.  I enjoyed her session and hearing about the care and attention to detail she puts into every candle.  We talked just a little about her candles while I was "shopping".

This is her web site, and it doesn't even mention candles.  But it is very interesting, and I am considering going to one of her November classes, just have to make time in my schedule!  So check her out!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Birthday Scarf

I needed a couple of birthday presents for friends and so I decided to make scarves.  The weather was turning a bit chilly, and it just seemed like a nice, handmade present.  They turned out SO cute.  I may have to make one for myself.  I found the pattern on this page.  The picture on the site is no longer visible but the pattern is still there below where the picture box is.   It was easy to follow, quick to crochet, and could adapt to any yarn.  Of course a nice thick yarn makes for a nice and cozy scarf.

Here is picture of the scarves, and a close up so you can see the flower-ish pattern.


Monday, October 17, 2011

Weekend at the Southeast Women's Herbal Conference

This past weekend I attended the Southeast Women's Herbal Conference, and had a wonderful time.  The women that coordinate were gracious enough to allow me to attend on a work scholarship, and for that I am so grateful.  Back years ago when my boys were much younger I gathered herbs and prepared my oils, and tinctures, used them in our everyday lives, made different infusions for my morning cup.  But over the years as we have become busier with homeschool activities, and friends I have put that on the back burner.  Always meaning to "get back to it one day".  This weekend just reawakened that interest.  For several years now I have intended to make my own medicine wheel/garden.  I even purchased a couple of books, as examples of how others have done this.  But never seemed to have the time.  This year I really want to make that a reality.  Maybe even just picking the spot and starting to prepare the soil, just a start but in the right direction!

I make time for homeschool activities, and conference "stuff", I make time to garden, cook most things from scratch, preserve food, raise laying hens and broilers.  I need to make time for my herbal interests as well.  As one speaker this weekend put it, just one herb at a time.

The conference truly had something for everyone.  And staying off site, I did not feel like I 'missed' anything.  I found the speakers to be approachable, knowledgeable, and insightful.  I would encourage anyone interested in alternative therapies, especially herbs, to attend.  I know I will be going back again next year.  Of course I am just in love with Camp Rockmont, the scenery there is breathtaking.  I will be back again in about two weeks for the Fall FLT Gathering, so will have another chance to take in that beauty!

Here are a couple of pics of the scenery.  And one of this wonderful mug I bought at the conference.  With, as usual, my morning cuppa chai inside!


Don't you just love how the sun sparkles through that weeping willow tree!


This picture is looking down toward the lake and the boat house.  And up across the mountains.


OK isn't she just too beautiful!  And holds a LOT of chai!